Monday, July 21, 2014

Fangovering True Blood's Final Season Week 5

Photos from HBO
EW talked to the lovely and talented True Blood costumer Audrey Fisher- The Pam and Eric show continued as the duo traveled to Dallas in search of Sarah Newlin at a Ted Cruz fundraiser hosted at the Bush Library. We spoke to True Blood‘s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, about their memorable formal wear. And because we’re still obsessed with those flashbacks to 1986, 1996, and 2006, we got the backstory on those looks as well. 
Seeing as how Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) would dress Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) in a purple sequin gown that Pam would joke makes her look like a “republic-nt,” and Pam would get even more joy out of dressing Eric up as the perfect Texan businessman, Fisher had one focus: “Try to get costumes that definitely were a big wink, but that weren’t too comical,” she says.
For Eric, she custom-made a traditional Western-style suit: “I had to make at least doubles of it, maybe even triples. I sketched it up. We found a great fabric that we could get enough of, because he’s a tall man—it’s a lot of yardage, more than just the average suit. And a wonderful tailor in Koreatown whipped up these beautiful suits that fit like a glove and have really beautiful Western detailing. We topped it off with not a 10-gallon hat—that would be too comical—but a really beautiful Western hat.” Read it all here and enjoy some Pam outfits through the seasons, I could keep on posting them all day.


                        @VikingWenches tweeted Pics from outside SDCC.

                      Tara Buck says thanks to all Truebies the only way she knows how.
            Relive some memorable moments from our favorite shapeshifting bartender, Sam Merlotte. 
“There’s more to Jason than meets the eye.” Watch a mashup of Bon Temps’ studliest deputy's best moments.True Tribute: Jason Stackhouse
Jason Stackhouse, as played by Ryan Kwanten, on True Blood.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lost Cause Continued

Photos from HBO and screencraps r us.
Yakuza? I didn't even know her.
Brian's recap always has the top spot-Time and Tequila-At the Bush Ball, Eric’s hat is MASSIVE. Please tell me Ginger is hiding under it. And he’s wearing a bolo!! Sarah (Anna Camp) ambushes her mother in the ladies’ and tells her that she’s in trouble. Her mom replies, “Well no shit, baby girl.” Sarah says that the Yakuza are after her, reminding us that just when you think this show can’t get any more ridiculous, it does. The Yakuza show up at the ball and shoot everyone, including Sarah’s parents. Sarah almost gets away but Eric grabs her by the throat, but then drops her so that he can grab the Yakuza dude who killed his French girlfriend and rip out his jaw. So these guys are not vamps?

James was a gay teen in his human life, Lala knew just like us viewers. Continuing the recaparama, The Hollywood Reporter talked to Nathan Parsons about the scene.
The pair’s connection was hinted at in previous episodes, with James admitting to “groovin’ on” Lafayette in last Sunday’s hour. When Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) gives James the cold shoulder yet again at Bon Temps’ mainstreaming party, he goes to a sympathetic Lafayette and the pair end up having sex. Jessica walks in on them and breaks up with James. Parsons tells The Hollywood Reporter it’s the last viewers will see of the James-Jessica romance. “The line is drawn after this episode. Now we’ll start to see more of Lafayette and l together, and Jessica has another thing she’s going to start dealing with,” he says.
The actor points out that this intimate a male homosexual relationship has been rare onTrue Blood and that Lafayette’s scenes with Jesús (Kevin Alejandro) in previous seasons were less physical. He tells THR it was a new acting challenge for him, but that working with Ellis this season made it more natural. “It helped immensely to know him and to trust him and trust each other that we’re going to do this right,” he says.
What attracts James and Lafayette to each other?
I think they’re kind of of similar minds. James is a flower child himself. He’s a hippie, he’s free love. The trick with James is, though he’s a pacifist, he’s still a vampire, which is not a peaceful thing to be. This inner conflict that he always has is externalized with Jessica, when she’s getting upset with him. He’s just trying to be the right person for Jess, and she keeps blowing him off. Lafayette’s the only one who has the interest and takes the time to say, "What’s wrong, what’s going on with you?" There’s a mutual connection where they both just want to have fun and be easy, love each other, take care of each other.
James became a vampire because of intolerance to homosexuality in the 1970s. Will he face it again in present-day Bon Temps?
Because the town is already going through so much because of this vampire apocalypse, basically, no matter what your preference is, if you look out for and care about each other, they’re going to overlook it. There’s a lot more that could have been discovered and gone over with that -- there’s just way too much that needs to happen. There is still some other trouble that arises, but that’s not till later episodes. It’s nothing related specifically to sexuality and to gender. It has much more to do with the overarching problems that vampires cause.

Nelsan talked to Vulture about the scene
What was it like shooting the scene with Nathan? Did you do anything to bond with him beforehand?
It was easy breezy, just like Kevin. Because Nathan is a professional. He shows up and does his job, and he puts his heart into it. Kissing him was weird at first, but then I went, "Okay!" Same with Kevin — I can close my eyes, and you can be the girlfriend. It's not really a big deal. It's easy breezy. I mean, he's a wonderful actor. I love watching him work. Love watching him work. Our first scene together, I just listened to him talk most of the time. And we have good chemistry, and it worked. It worked.
Did you ever get a chance to talk to or bond with Luke Grimes when he was playing James, before they switched off?
I didn't, but I'm completely ... I mean, I can say I'm not going to make a comment, but I just think that, you're an actor, you're an actor on a show that'sTrue Blood, we're all sitting there going, "You quit your job because ... really?" I'm just... I'm over him. You quit your job because you don't want to play a gay part? As if it's ... You know what? I'm going to stop talking. MORE

Screencrush's reviewIt’s been a rough going for ‘True Blood’ to regain its bearings in the final season, or at least enough to passably resolve its many roller-coaster plots in time to craft some kind of meaningful end in the last five episodes. And here we are, at the halfway point of the season, with vigilante posses and Hep-V invaders thoroughly dealt with, and a trimming of the core cast, with the series desperately hoping for a smaller narrative focus to turn things around before the end. The measure of success is difficult to evaluate, but considering the almost real-time pace of the series, and the sheer number of plot and characters to service, the more we shave off at this point, the better.
And to the series’ credit, however awkward it may seem for Sookie to greenlight a hastily-staged party in her home to “celebrate life,” it at least felt in tune for the series to take a breath, and regain its bearings with some well-needed lampshading of the events that came before. Sure, increasingly ancillary characters like Nicole (seriously, how overlooked has she been this season?) may not appreciate the levity of their circumstance, but ‘True Blood’ has certainly been missing some positivity and a sense of joy to remind us its human characters are more than quivering meatsacks, and carry a range of emotions beyond abject terror. What better way to flush that out than with some righteous revelry, really?
The larger events of the party shouldn’t surprise anyone, between James and Lafayette’s attraction finally coming to a head, paving the way for a Jessica-Jason reunion, while Andy finally follows through on his proposal to Holly. Still, with the festivities covering bases of superficial drama, it was at least entertaining to have Eric and Pam back in action on the hunt for Sarah Newlin, in the process trying on yet another pair of ridiculous outfits. The interactions with Sarah’s parents were short, and it bears questioning how much attention the Yakuza would want to draw to themselves to shoot up a Republican dinner as such*, but the event’s various turns provided a suitably thrilling counterpart to the Bon Temps partying.



How nice was it for Lala, and Jackson (still with Stacy Haiduk's Jenny!) to bring food, get Sookie to bed and get the party going? They had a DJ and lots of booze to go with, very glad Sookie didnt bring up not loving Alcide again.

Zap2It's-Not making happy strides forward were Sam and Nicole. Though she is very, very pregnant with his child and they are engaged to be married, she is one character who does not belong in Bon Temps, and she knows it. This puts the couple at an impasse, as she will likely want to return to her home and her family. Either their relationship is doomed, or that maybe they'll both end up leaving town. Sam might do better starting fresh somewhere else, and leaving to create a new life with his family would be a nice end to his series arc.
While "Return to Oz" largely focused on a party thrown at Sookie's house to help everyone cope with their loss, particularly the loss of Alcide, the episode also sowed the first seeds of a rekindled romance between Bill and Sookie. They were very far from loving one another at the beginning of Season 7, but with other romantic ties out of the way their connection is coming to the forefront again. Whether you believe these two are soulmates or not, it seems inevitable that they will be together by the end of "True Blood."

EW's usual long recap at the link-Jessica meanwhile is being a party pooper, standing guard alone outside. There was a lovely scene between her and Andy, who told her that seeing her torturing herself for killing his girls keeps the pain alive for him, too. She's kept Adilyn safe and helped rescue Holly—life is too short to keep looking backward. He's moving forward, and he needs her to help him. 
Since there's been no time to ring shop, he wants to borrow one of hers to propose to Holly, but Jessica has a better idea: Gran's ring, which she'd left for Jason to give to the woman he'd marry. Violet says she doesn't need a ring to tell her that Jason is hers (especially not one with such a tiny diamond), and Jason isn't the only one cringing at her assumption.
Proving Jason does have a cop's eye for some things, he warns Adilyn and Wade that they'll need to stop f---ing, if they are, and kills the music so a terrified Andy can kneel in front of Holly and deliver a pitch-perfect marriage proposal. He's done letting the idea that he doesn't deserve someone as beautiful and as kind as her hold him back. He knows she has healing to do, and he wants to be there every step of the way. She says yes before he even pops the question. Everyone's thrilled, except Nicole, who looks strangely uncomfortable, and Adilyn and Wade, of course.
Pam and Eric do Dallas: Back to where we began. When Eric and Pam find Sarah's vampire sister, Hep-V-infected Amber, it's believable that Eric would patiently sit and listen to her tell her story both because he's a bit weak and also because the sibling bond is one that he respects (RIP, Nora). Amber explains how she was a fangbanger right out of high school, and her boyfriend, Jeremy, who turned her, helped her get her s--- together. Sarah was married to Steve Newlin and the Fellowship of the Sun and paid off broke Amber to stay in the coffin and let Sarah say she'd been taken by vampires and never seen again. 
Amber and Jeremy's House Hunters-marathon-filled romance came to an end when he died in her arms—just like Eric watched Nora die. Amber agreeing to help them because she wants them to kill Sarah receives the raised eyebrow of approval from Eric and Pam's highest praise, "I like you." (Pause to admire Kristin Bauer van Straten's impeccable comedic timing.)
Amber tells them Sarah will run to their parents, who will be attending a Ted Cruz fundraiser being hosted at the Bush Library that night. Brilliant. Amber doubts Pam and Eric will be able to get past security—only a--holes were invited. "You don't know us, sweetheart," Eric says. "We can be assholes." Costume change!

                              This was a nice scene, very normal seeming, so unlike TB.

AV Club's Stray observations:
What are the point of these Bill flashbacks we are forced to watch each week? What an epic waste of time.
I can’t figure out of True Blood is actually clever for having the Yakuza shoot up a Ted Cruz rally at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, or if it just thinks it’s clever. I admit I snorted when they stormed the doors.
Poor Ginger. Poor, sexually frustrated Ginger.
“This shit doesn’t happen in other towns!” Nicole is the only one here who speaks the truth.
Pam: “Oh. My. God. I’m a Republicunt.”


True Blood After Show - Season 7 Epsiode 5 by truebloodaftershow


Thursday, July 17, 2014

True Blood News Forges On

 The NYPost has a list of what the cast is up to after True Blood, most we know but it's still fun. When the Moyers are back in Cali (they might be by now) Stephen will be on The Queen Latifah Show 7/29.
From Monday, 7/21 Today Show.
Part of a Nelsan interview from VultureLafayette's been lonely for a really long time ...
I think this season for Lafayette is about redemption and taking command of his own happiness. He's not happy in the first half of the season, but he becomes happy the second half of the season. And I can't say why he's not happy in the first half of the season. Wait — yes, I can! That [episode] already aired. [Laughs] Tara died.
It's completely understandable that he's been in mourning and unhappy for so long, because Jesús died, and then Tara died. But we've been rooting for him to get some for a while. A lot of people have — as long as it's love this time.
It is. It is. It's love. I'm a very lucky actor, because this is my second love interest. We deal with certain fans of that, and we have good chemistry, and we throw everything into it. I can't say enough about Nathan. Both of my love interests are great guys, great actors, both Kevin Alejandro and Nathan Parsons, and I love them onscreen. Every moment with them. You know what? I kind of fall in love with both of them! I guess I'm supposed to. MORE
                                       These clowns . Cry Bauer! Cry!
Truebies Guide to Comic ConTRUE BLOOD PANEL AND Q&A
Who: The panel will include series stars Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nathan Parsons (James Kent), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) and executive producer Brian Buckner.
What: The panel discussion will be moderated by Tim Stack of 'Entertainment Weekly.'
When: Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm.
Where: Ballroom 20.
Bonus: Pre-panel, get autographs signed at the WB booth at 2:00 p.m.MORE

New The Giver featurette.
                                                                 From DAW's twitter.
You would make an excellent Emma Peele, like Diana Rigg on the Avengers, ever think about writing your own script for tv or movies?
Yes, I've been thinking about that a lot lately. Now that I am thinking about what role I would like to play next, it's inspired my hidden writer inside me. I've come up with a few ideas. So if i get the time and I'm any good at it, maybe we'll see them on-screen in a year or two.
What would be your perfect ending for Pam?
You know, what you as viewers are about to see, I felt was perfect. Perfect for an actress to play, and to experience. And what I imagined as the last season for Pam was not as creative or multidimensional as what the writers came up with.
What is the best thing you got to take home from the True Blood set?
My fangs! I hope I never wear them in public. I just wanted to have them. They are custom made, they won't fit anybody else.
Since I am a fan of the graphic novel (Watchmen being one of my favorites) and cartoons (Justice League being one of my favorites), it's incredibly rewarding in almost a childlike way to get to be on the "other side of the camera" on shows that i also love and admire. They actually feel sometimes MORE rewarding - like a true yardstick of accomplishment - because they were things that I, as a kid, watched. Or as an adult, read.
Being on Seinfeld was so wonderful in every aspect, and my favorite part about it was laughing with Jerry and Larry on the set. The atmosphere was so relaxed, they had all the notes of success (meaning they were relaxed, and having fun, and working short hours, and just basically enjoying themselves). And the concept of a girl with "man hands" just made us giggle. So we had a ball! And on top of it, every 5 or 10 years, I will run into Jerry somewhere, and I get to walk up to him and say "Hi, I'm Man Hands" and it's so odd and funny for me that for the rest of my life, that will probably happen. And he is so sweet and so cute.
I feel so close to this cast. I've been crying for months saying goodbye to them. And ESPECIALLY my vampire crowd, and especially Skarsgard. And this season, 7, the last one, is foremost in my mind. We had so many special scenes and special moments, and this year, even within each scene, there's something touching, something dramatic, and something funny. And that combination was just magical.
Being touched all day - it's hair, and makeup and wardrobes' job to make sure you look the same at the beginning of every take, and I suspect it's incredibly tedious for them to have to deal with actors, because we are basically just children, it's like herding cats for them. So it's challenging for them and us to have so much physical contact every 5 minutes for 14 hours, it's really intense, but I know that I got so lucky with the people that i worked with on TRUE BLOOD. Cindy my makeup person, and Sarah who had to keep me clothed and warm, they were ever-patient with me.
7 months later I see McMillz answered my question from his AMA, lol, I asked about his comic Lucid- from MichaelMcMillian via /r/IAmA/ sent 7 months ago
I'm not sure what the im
mediate future holds for LUCID, but I'm confident it will return some day. If people haven't already checked it out, it's published by Archaia Entertainment and is available on comixology as well as Amazon and B&N.com. It's an indy book, so getting new readers will really go along way to green lighting a Vol. 2. I have a few things in the works, including a new series that I can't talk about yet. But yes, I will be doing more comics in the near future!
Interview with Riley Smith from the Star
Keith is described as a smouldering vampire. What sets him apart from so many others on TV right now?
Who doesn’t want another smouldering vampire?! It’s an easy explanation, but I think we all have our own things that separate us as characters and vamps.
Your character is also a rock ’n’ roll drummer. Can you play drums for real?
I never had to play the drums on camera. I wanted to! I play guitar in real life so I wanted a good excuse to learn the drums. But Keith and his band is kind of a backstory, it’s never really seen, unfortunately.
Is it true that you learned to play the guitar on a film set?
I was doing a movie in Vancouver, Canada and a few kids on set played. It was fun sitting around on set singing along.
It brought people together and put smiles on faces. I wanted to be able to do that, so I picked up a vintage guitar and had them teach me a few chords. I took that and just ran with it.
What was it like to be a newcomer on a set like True Blood where everybody knows everybody?
I’ve been doing this a long time, so I wasn’t too intimidated, but with a group this tight-knit, how can you not be a little nervous?
It was the new-kid-at-the-popular-lunch-table type feeling. But they are all such great people that it was easy to fit in. Just a really humble down-to-earth group.
Were you already a fan of the show?
I’ve had a lot of friends on the show, so I would watch it for them. But I lost track of a couple of seasons. So once I got the job, I went back and caught up on the episodes I had missed.
OK, be honest: Team Bill or Team Eric?
I’m team BOTH. How can I pick between two friends. (Stephen Moyer plays Bill Compton, while Alexander Skarsgard portrays Eric Northam). I have some good scenes with both characters this season and had a blast working with both of them.
Your biography says you were into horse riding in your younger days. Are you still an active rider?
I don’t get to ride as much as I would like because my schedule has just been too busy. But I do get to ride in my new show Deliverance Creek, because it’s a western set in the 1800s. It’s always fun when my past experiences help in the roles I get.

I see tweets today with news we had weeks ago, oh well. Urno is a trendsetter, lol.
This is such good news for Daredevil Comic fans and DAW fans too, now this cast is off the hook -Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil has cast its leading lady: True Blood breakout Deborah Ann Woll.
Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that Woll will play Karen Page, the blind lawyer by day and crime-fighting hero by night and Matt Murdock's (Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox) love interest in the 13-episode drama.
Page is the longest-running love interest for Daredevil. The character was created by Stan Lee and first appeared in the very first issue of Daredevil in April 1964. She's the secretary at the law firm of Nelson & Murdock who eventually learns of his secret life as a superhero.
For her part, Woll rocketed to stardom with her role as Bill's prodigy, Jessica, on the Anna Paquin-Stephen Moyer series, which ends its seven-season run in August. The fan favorite is also a regular at Comic-Con, which she has been known to attend in costume.
The CAA-repped Woll's credits include Highland Park, Ruby Sparks and Mother's Day.She becomes the latest True Blood star to book a follow-up role, with Sam Trammell booking the Amazon pilot Cocked.
Woll joins Elden Henson, who is set to play Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Matt Murdock's friend and legal partner; Rosario Dawson in a mysterious role; and Vincent D'Onofrio (my love!)as "The Kingpin."
Netflix picked up the 13-episode Daredevil — along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, as well as miniseries The Defenders — in a massive pact with Marvel. Daredevil is the first series out of the pack, debuting in 2015. It is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

Posted some bits from this interview previously but now here's the video with Riley Smith.
Do y'all think one of the almost final episodes will be a big funeral episode? Jim Parrack sure seems to be coming back and Robert Patrick perhaps as well, though The Herveauxs are from Shreveport.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lost Cause

Do not give up hope beautiful Republicunt
E5: "Return to Oz," "Lost Cause" July 20. Director Howard Deutch, written by Craig Chester
“Exhausted from her recent travails, Sookie finds herself the unwilling host of a festive mainstreaming party in Bon Temps. In search of an elusive adversary, Eric and Pam head to Dallas and attend a gala fundraiser. Andy (Chris Bauer) makes a life-changing decision; Jessica and James reach a crossroads; Bill loses himself in remembrance of human days
Sookie hosts a mainstreaming party; Eric and Pam head to Dallas for a fundraiser. (wheee!)
Stephen was on Live with Kelly and Michael, they showed a different clip (above).
More on the episode in Castings  my screencraps, HBO and ImHereForSookiegifs
Hell yaz, and get some Lala finally, it's been a long time for our boo.
Kicked in the cooch by a wallaby, sad or not Pam has the oneliners.
Starting the recaparama with WSJ, complete recaps/reviews at links.- Lost cause means both the South in the Civil War and vampires battling H-V. It could also refer to the strained one human-one vampire thing, too. But there’s at least one great violent vampire scene, in among the soap opera scenes of cheating and true romance.
In the aftermath on Fangtasia raid, literally in the midst of vamp slime, Willa demands that Eric release her in return for her help finding Sarah Newlin. She sighs with relief when it happens. Willa then reveals that Sarah’s sister Amber is a vamp. Ginger is comic relief as she still can’t have Eric’s body, nor be taken along.
In Bon Temps, Sookie discovers that Alcide’s dad, Lafayette and James created a spread in the middle of the night for the whole town. Sookie’s offended, still in her robe, because apparently she’s never heard of a wake. But they convince her it’s a celebration of life.
Eric and Pam find Sarah’s sister Amber in Texas. She has H-V. We learn that she’s been accepting hush money from Sarah all the time. Eric tells her that the disease is Sarah’s fault, which is pretty true. Amber says, “are you going to kill her?” Eric says they might, and then Amber says “then you can count me in.” That makes Pam like her.

Some fun scenes but the underlying sadness was throughout  the episode.
The costume house they used for the flashbacks from Audrey Fisher's twitter.
                Do you know what do a sex slave without sex? A slave, roh ruh.
Ginger sure holds on tight, The sex slave with no sex, how hysterical was that? No BJ's, no handies, nothing. She demands a fuck before they leave, you can see how that plays out.
I'm a Republicunt.  Pam's heart is breaking to see the HepV going to stage 2.
Ride 'Em Cowboy.
 Killer of Yakuza, face ripperoffer, do not go gently into that good night Viking!
I assume that is Sarah's mom, she doesnt seem to like Missy either. Amber the sister vamp has HepV too, also hates Sarah, that's a long list
 James and Jess don't last too long, she runs to Jason, hmmm, ViolentViolet encourages him to comfort Jess. She is good at heart but ...
Jason seems to over her and her strongass ways, I think Violet will be moving on soon. I liked Jason and Jess together but he didnt have to go back to his manho ways so soon.
Back to the partee- Lettie Mae makes a non-alcoholic toast to Tara, later grabs a knife stabs (Willa who looks beautiful btw).  Her reasoning is so much that of an addict that Lala just gets her out of there. Nicole is still bitchin' and moanin' makes Sam leave, don't see how she hangs much longer in Bon Temps, no one will be sad in the fandom about that.
                       A lot of people don't like Violet, but she is my Vampire Xena
Miss Stackhouse will you accompany me to the party, I'm wearing my best henley?
From TVLine- The episode’s final moments revealed that Bill Compton — sweet, Confederate, flower-bearing Bill Compton — has also contracted the virus, and he seems just as shocked as anyone. (Hasn’t he been on a strict Sookie diet all season? Could she have it, too?)
This revelation is especially heartbreaking because, prior to Bill’s gruesome discovery, viewers were treated to some quality Bill-Sookie moments — like, Season 1-level emotional moments. When Sookie thanked Bill for “seeing me the way I can’t see myself sometimes,” and those classic Bill-Sookie strings started playing, you couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for the good ol’ days.

WEDDING BELLS | Just as Lauren Bowles teased to TVLine last week, Andy hunkered down on one knee and asked Holly to his bride this week. Despite the questionable timing — did Sookie really need all that happiness rubbed in her face just hours after losing Alcide? — it’s nice to see someone on this show actually getting a happy ending. I was starting to think those didn’t exist anymore. (It was also nice of Jason to give Adilyn and Wade a heads up: “I don’t know if you two are f—ing, but if you are, you’d better cut it out.”)
Is he for real, typical gulity ex behaviour, we know what she's thinking we've all been there.
Tenacious B, I'm starting to feel bad for him.
The "Don't get any ideas" look .